Experience the Northern Cape, South Africa

Kimberley may be known as the city of diamonds, but in and around this historic town are many other attractions that can cater to every traveller’s needs. From visiting museums to camping, road-tripping and rafting on the Orange River, the Northern Cape is a province full of adventure experiences to look forward to.

Below we explore two of Kimberley’s hidden natural gems for anyone who finds themselves traversing the province in search of some peace and tranquility in the bush:

Relax at the stunning Wag ’n Bietjie Lodge

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You can dive into the pool on a hot summer’s day or sit around the fireplace on cold winter nights at Wag ’n Bietjie Lodge. (Image: Northern Cape Tourism Authority)

Located 60km outside Kimberley along the banks of the Modder River, Wag ’n Bietjie Lodge is truly a nature lover’s dream getaway spot.

This private eco-lodge comprises seven stylish en-suite rooms that come with air-conditioning, hairdryers, coffee and tea stations as well as free Wi-Fi. It also offers three luxury tents, indoor and outdoor braai (barbecue) areas, a swimming pool, a fireplace for cold winter nights as well as a bar area. It is the perfect escape for travellers looking to enjoy some peace away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city.

Activities here include guided morning and afternoon game drives, where you can spot several species of game in their natural environment, as well as bush braais and spa treatments.

Game Drive Wag N Bietjie
Going on a morning game drive at Wag ’n Bietjie Lodge offers you a great chance of spotting wildlife. (Image: Northern Cape Tourism Authority)

On site is also the Wild Hearts Rehab Centre, where orphaned rhinos and other injured animals are rehabilitated. The game in the rehab centre includes lion, rhino, brown hyena, genet, caracal, serval and buffalo, as well as monkeys and baboons.

For bookings, contact +27 (0)73 430 9699 or email wnb@wintershoek.com.

Escape to the camel thorn trees of Mokala National Park

Mokala National Park
Mokala National Park is home to a wide range of wildlife, with numerous outdoor activities such as fly fishing to enjoy. (Image: Northern Cape Tourism Authority)

Mokala is the Setswana word for camel thorn tree, from which the Mokala National Park takes its name. The park is located 70km south-west of Kimberley and west of the N12 highway, making it a perfect stop for people travelling between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Mokala is one of the newest additions to the list of South African national parks and boasts koppieveld (hills), as well as large, open plains and an abundance of camel thorn trees. The park is home to a variety of game, including roan antelope, sable antelope and tsessebe.

Accommodation options in the park range from luxury bungalows to glamping as well as ordinary camping. The luxurious Mosu Lodge has 15 air-conditioned, fully equipped self-catering units with en-suite bathrooms and an outside braai facility. Other places to stay in the park are the Mofele Environmental Centre and the Lilydale Rest Camp – both spaces also have facilities for conferences, weddings, events and workshops with digital projectors, wall-mounted screens and sound systems.

Activities in the park include guided game drives (morning, day, sunset and night), bush braais and breakfasts under an extraordinary 400-year-old camel thorn tree.

The Northern Cape has a number of ancient rock engravings scattered around the province and, at Mokala, visitors can also look forward to guided tours of rock art sites where they’ll get the opportunity to explore the province’s cultural heritage.

Zebra At Mokala National Park
Zebra pause at a waterhole in the park for a drink on a scorching summer afternoon. (Image: zani_tsa)

The Mosu Restaurant is also open for guests who are looking for a taste of the Northern Cape’s hospitality and scrumptious cuisine. The restaurant’s menu includes homemade venison pie, curry, venison fillet, veggie stir-fry and kiddies’ meals. Special meal requests for occasions such as weddings, conferences or honeymoons can be accommodated.

Mosu Lodge also boasts a swimming pool, DStv, a bar and a lounge with fireplaces.

For bookings, contact +27 (0)53 204 8000 or email tess.white@sanparks.org.

If you’ve been searching for the perfect escape for a relaxed weekend getaway or some holiday downtime, then a visit to one of these hidden gems should be high on your to-do list.